Word is spreading. People are coming from everywhere. They want to see this phenomenal new Teacher and Wonder-Worker!
In the pressing crowd there is at least one other man who recognizes the opportunity of a lifetime. He says to Jesus - Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.
In the language of the day, this man is putting in his application for enrollment in Jesus’ School. He’s actually saying, – Teacher, I want to become your personal student!
In those days students didn’t go to a school building to meet their teachers for a few hours. Instead, they applied to follow one particular rabbi.
If accepted, students left their families to live with the teacher. Then, the students literally followed the teacher everywhere he went. Class was always in session because the teacher was always present.
It’s interesting how Jesus responds to this man’s request for enrollment. He tells him not to expect the usual comfortable accommodations.
Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no
place to lay his head.
A student must endure extra hardship to study with this traveling Rabbi. In Jesus’ School, the classroom will be mobile. Ditto for today!
So, when we read that Jesus calls us to Follow Him, we should understand the Teacher is inviting us to become His students too.
If we decide to enroll, we travel along with Him. We learn to be conscious of His presence. Gradually, we change to become more like Him.
Have you enrolled in the University of Jesus?